Mid-term review seminar: Organising, mobilising, strategising: transforming policy and practice around HIV and illicit drugs

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Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 26 September 2019


Seminar room 1.13 Coombs Extension (Building 8) Fellows Road
ANU Canberra


Daniel Reeders


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

In nodal governance, a central question is how to build a network that can steer the flow of events in a complex social system. This mid-term review seminar presents preliminary findings from an ethnographic study of two emerging interstitial movements — groups working in the gaps created when established actors are unwilling or unable to tackle particular issues or unmet needs. The first is an Australian movement for illicit drug law reform, experimenting with different organisational forms and theories of change, including responsive regulation. The other is a global movement which has rapidly mobilised HIV science to transform prevention policy and practice, while grappling with the slower pace of change in HIV-related criminal law reform.

Drawing insights from the sociology of translation, PhD candidate Daniel Reeders describes the practices of engagement through which diverse human and non-human actors are recruited into networks that can exert influence within complex regulatory spaces.

About the speaker

Daniel Reeders is a PhD candidate at The School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Daniel has worked for ten years in blood-borne virus (BBV) prevention, sexual health promotion and cancer screening recruitment with diverse communities including gay men, migrants and refugees, and Aboriginal Australians.

In 2012 he wrote Victoria’s first Underscreened Recruitment Strategy for the Cancer Council of Victoria. Most recently he has worked with Dr Graham Brown at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society using complex systems theory and systems thinking methods to articulate program theories for peer-based strategies for BBV prevention.

At RegNet, Daniel will undertake an ethnographic study of the ways in which practitioners in social marketing and strategic communications manage the potential for their work to strengthen inequitable social structures, under the supervision of Kate Henne, Gemma Carey and Helen Keane.

Daniel holds qualifications in law, cultural studies and public health. He writes a blog - Bad Blood - about stigma and public health.

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